18 user 1 critic

Apple's Way 

The Apple family adjusts to life in a small Iowa town.


Earl Hamner Jr.




2   1  
1975   1974  


Learn more

More Like This 

Family (1976–1980)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The joys and heartaches of the Lawrence family of Pasadena, California.

Stars: Sada Thompson, James Broderick, Gary Frank
Space Academy (1977)
Adventure | Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The adventures of the students of an outer space military school.

Stars: Jonathan Harris, Pamelyn Ferdin, Ric Carrott
Run, Joe, Run (1974–1975)
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Joe, a trained member of the military's K9-Corp., was falsely accused of attacking his master, Sergeant Corey. Joe managed to escape before being killed and a bounty was put on his head.

Stars: Paul Frees, Arch Whiting, Chad States
Family | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Stars: Michael Tilson Thomas, Edward Villella, Leonard Bernstein
Empty Nest (1988–1995)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

"Empty Nest" is set in Miami and tells of the day to day misadventures of a widowed pediatrician, Harry Weston, and his two adult daughters, Barbara and Carol Weston, who have come back to ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Mulligan, Dinah Manoff, David Leisure
Eight Is Enough (1977–1981)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

This comedy drama focused on a family with eight very independent children.

Stars: Dick Van Patten, Lani O'Grady, Connie Needham
C.H.O.M.P.S. (1979)
Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A young man invents a robot dog that has super strength, x-ray vision and can detect crimes being committed. A greedy businessman tries to steal the invention from him.

Director: Don Chaffey
Stars: Wesley Eure, Valerie Bertinelli, Conrad Bain


Complete series cast summary:
Ronny Cox ...  George Apple 28 episodes, 1974-1975
Frances Lee McCain ...  Barbara Apple 28 episodes, 1974-1975
Malcolm Atterbury ...  Grandfather Aldon 28 episodes, 1974-1975
Vincent Van Patten ...  Paul Apple 28 episodes, 1974-1975
Patti Cohoon-Friedman Patti Cohoon-Friedman ...  Cathy Apple 28 episodes, 1974-1975
Eric Olson Eric Olson ...  Steven Apple 28 episodes, 1974-1975
Kristy McNichol ...  Patricia Apple / ... 16 episodes, 1974-1975
Frannie Michel Frannie Michel ...  Patricia Apple 13 episodes, 1974


After years of experiencing the rat race of Los Angeles, George Apple, his wife Barbara and their four children move back to George's hometown of Appleton, Iowa, where adjusting to a new culture, new climate, new friends and a new pace are not as easy as they thought it would be. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | Family







Release Date:

10 February 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La maravillosa familia Apple See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


(24 episodes)

Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Master Ninja I (1992) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

It Was Awful
19 June 2004 | by richard.fuller1See all my reviews

I remember this thing. It was 'Waltons' related. Earl Hamner had a hand in this show some way or he endorsed it, and yes, it came on Sunday nights.

I wanted to watch it then, but couldn't, but I have since seen it on TVland and it was truly dreadful.

Endless liberalistic views that are even worse now than they were then.

Episodes involved the family protesting the tree being cut down by climbing up into it, the father bought a zoo (about a half dozen animals, but he called it a zoo) and the youngest boy, Eric Olsen, learned a valuable lesson about selling candy.

Young Olsen seemed to have the most difficult time looking interested and cute when he often looked bored.

The opening credit would involve the family gathering round a picnic table and Vincent Van Patten turning the crank on the ice cream maker with a big smile on his face.

I've operated many of those hand cranked ice cream makers, and me nor my brothers and sisters were smiling like that!

I would watch one or two episodes and there would be a scene with the husband and wife talking over some issue then the wife would proceed with "I'll tickle you if you don't. I'll tickle you if you don't."

I guess that was supposed to be a happy loving couple.

The notion that life was simpler or easier or freer is ridiculous, which many of those hippy protesters and commune livers soon learned. Gardening and livestock involved work, like pure manual labor. Think that it is anything else, and you are in for a surprise.

The grandfather would only be added because the family wasn't winning ratings, so granpa was brought in to try to give it some life.

The daughter that was replaced went from a Velma Dinkle looking girl to Kristy McNicol. Because the school newspaper wouldnt publish knobby kneed McNIcol's report, she was hollering censorship.

Any time the family felt turned on, it seemed that insensitive fat cigar businessmen were responsible.

This was the show, however, that made me realize that what we saw outside was not necessarily what was inside, as a newspaper article would show what was behind that windmill and it was all boards.

Where was the house?

I was learning that the exterior shots were done who knows how far away from interior shots.

7 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 18 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed